In Sync With Your Body & Mind.

Being totally in sync with your body and mind is an incredibly challenging task when you aren’t even quite sure when you last managed to get up from your desk to get a glass of water. I sometimes find myself frantically scanning my brain to try and remember if and what I ate for breakfast.

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Life gets so busy, and our bodies are such complicated things, that sometimes we need a little hand to keep in control of things. I’ve tried a couple of gadgets in the past, and I always felt that there was something missing. There were still things that I felt slightly out of control of – there were still aspects of my everyday health and wellbeing that I felt puzzled about.

So when I heard about the Bellabeat Leaf I needed to know more. Smart jewelry created just for us women. Something that looks chic and beautiful rather than colourful and sporty. A versatile piece of jewelry that can be worn in three ways. It works for every different personality. Pretty from the outside and intelligent on the inside, just like us women.

You’re probably starting to get curious, and I am sure that if you are anything like me, the questions are starting to roll in your mind.

The Bellabeat Leaf can be worn as a bracelet, a necklace or a clip. It is lightweight and comfortable. I was worried that I would maybe find that the area of skin beneath it would feel sweaty, but it doesn’t at all. I am personally not a fan of necklaces – so I always wear my Leaf as a bracelet.

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There are two designs which are home to the same features. The Leaf Nature which is natural wood, splash proof and 48x30x13mm and then there is the Leaf Urban, which is the one that I have – it is wood composite, water resistant and 48x28x11.5mm. They are both made of hypoallergenic stainless steel.

WHAT DO THEY COST?

The Leaf Urban retails for R2999, and the Leaf Nature retails for between R2599 and R3249 depending on which one you choose.

I love that my Leaf simply sync’s to my iPhone. The app is easy to use and very easy to read. So you most certainly won’t find yourself struggling to understand what is going on. You can easily connect with Apple Health or Google Git to sync all of your data in one place.

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What does it track?

Features:

– Tracks your steps, daily activities and calories burned
– Monitors your sleep quantity and quality
– Helps you manage stress through guided meditations and breathing exercise (you can also set alarms that remind you to do this).
– Enables you to keep track of your menstrual cycle (Probably one of the most beneficial parts to me, and one of the selling points – this is something I struggle with, having PCos).
– Gently wakes you up with soothing vibration
– Reminds you to stay active with the Inactivity Alert
– Made with natural, sustainable and hypoallergenic materials
– No charging – powered by a replaceable battery which only needs to be replaced every several months

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How does it work?

Packed with highly sensitive movement sensors and with secure data backup, Leaf runs 24/7. While you are sleeping, meditating, or being active. When you’re ready to see your results, it wirelessly syncs with the Bellabeat app, available for iOS and Android.

My thoughts?

I have found that I have wanted to be more active and healthy in order to see positive results. I have always felt that seeing results always motivates me. I love that I can keep track of how much water I drink and how much sleep I get. Being a mom, I guess I find this fascinating as no two nights of sleep are the same. I also find that I sometimes sit for half of the day, purely because I need to get work done on the computer – now I can remind myself to get up and move by simply setting an alarm. This is great for women who work in the office, as we can get so carried away with the task in front of us, that we don’t get a moment to get up and move – whether it is just going up and down the stairs or walking around the office to wake up a bit. I also often find myself forgetting to drink enough water – resulting in me feeling nauseous or with a migraine, so I love that I can set an alarm to remind myself every hour or so to get up to drink some water.

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For me, as I mentioned above, the fact that the Leaf tracks my menstrual cycle is a major selling point. Now I can learn the ins and outs of my body’s internal clock and I get valuable feedback about my reproductive health. Leaf’s innovative ovulation calculator and fertility charts allow me to view my ovulation, premenstrual, and period days at a glance. This is incredible! And I am so excited to learn more about this, as it has always been something I have been so unfamiliar with! I’m sure that so many of us can relate to this!

I also really like that it can predict stress before it even happens. This means that you can tackle it head on. They explain that your activity levels, sleep quality and reproductive health all affect how stressed you feel. By simply monitoring your daily habits, Leaf can detect patterns that may cause stress before it swoops in.

 

The Leaf is compatible with the following:

-iPhone 4s and newer, iPad Mini and newer, iPad 3rd Gen, and newer models
-Android 4.3 and newer with Bluetooth 4.0.

I have received uncountable queries and compliments on my Leaf! I’ve even had a lady follow me down a couple aisles at the grocery store as she just needed to find out what it was because it looked so beautiful. She couldn’t believe what was happening inside such a minimalist piece of jewelry! But, apart from the compliments – it truly has benefited me. I feel like I am finally on the right path. Fitness and health is one thing, but actually understanding what is happening on the inside of your body is a totally different ballgame – and I’ve finally found the perfect solution that can help me with exactly that. And I am now more determined than I have ever been.

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TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET IT…NOW!

To place your order, please head over to labelcollections.com
For any enquiries you can pop Nadia an email at nadia@labelcollections.com

 

Visit their social media platforms to see more:

Facebook: BellaBeat SA
Instagram: Instagram.com/bellabeatssa

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Fun fact: The Bellabeat was founded in 2014, and is one of the top 5 recipients of the 2014 Y-COMBINATOR. The world’s most powerful start-up incubator.

 

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Summer With Topshop.

Today, I am sharing something slightly different with you. This isn’t a product review nor a competition, but rather just a few outfits I love from Topshop SA that I shot with Tegan Smith Photography.

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The skirt has such a beautiful movement when the breeze catches it, and I really found that the monochrome stripes just complimented my body so well – making me look slim and tall! The slight flare to the arm of the black top was subtle but gorgeous. And the pastel pink shoes – I am obsessed! The entire outfit is perfect for a night out with the girls. Daff did a casual half up-do hairstyle and very natural makeup for this look.

This second look was a little edgy in comparison to my usual choice of outfit, but I loved it! I was a bit skeptical about wearing a dress that had a small opening, however, it is in the perfect position, which means it flaunts the non postpartum part of my tummy. The floral print is perfect for summer, and the leather jacket just ups it’s edginess a little. I loved the cute pastel pink clutch which complimented my shoes perfectly. I just wore my hair down for this look and again, my makeup is simple.

If you are a mom who is reading this, DO dress up, and DO sometimes follow that urge you have to get a little bit adventurous with your outfits. I had so much fun.

All of these looks (head to toe) are available at Topshop SA. So, it is super easy for you to get the complete outfit by simply popping into their store.

Look out for the next 3 looks coming soon!

Photography: Tegan Smith Photography
Wardrobe: Topshop SA

Hair & Makeup: The Dr K Makeup

Birthday Pampering – Rouge Day Spa

The hype from my 25th birthday two weeks ago is finally fading away, and the fatigue has set in after my sons third birthday last weekend. I think I was on some sort of high, perhaps some supernatural Adrenalin that ad kicked in that kept me going. Birthday party planning and semi-renovating our home at the same time. Call me crazy.

But, the one thing that hasn’t faded is my beautiful gelish nails that I had done as an early birthday treat at Rouge Day Spa a couple days before my birthday. What better way to spoil a girl and mom? Some down time, to herself to be pampered!

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Rouge Day Spa has always been my go-to Spa. And, no! I’m NOT being paid to say that. Having been an old home before they bought it and transformed it into a cozy day spa, it’s just exactly what they call it: ‘Your home away from home’. It has become just that to me.

I get to sip on my HOT coffee in front of a fire without being interrupted by a toddler 46 times. I don’t have to get up even once to help him use the loo or to get him a drink, and then change the cup because it wasn’t the correct one. I can just close down the brain temporarily and be ALONE! It’s wonderful!

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On a hot summer day, you can have your treatment and then stay for as long as you like after (get a babysitter!!!) and sip on a glass of champagne and have a swim in their gorgeous salt water pool.

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They’re also home to my absolute favourite organic, natural spray tan – Vita Liberata!

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And, it gets better – you can even join them for a girls movie night with your girlfriends to watch chick flicks and have your nails done while munching on some popcorn. The benefit is that, again – you don’t have to worry about any small humans bothering you or having your husband changing channels while you’re watching your movie.

Rouge Day Spa is just a treat. It’s my escape, my place of sanity, and it’s all I find that I need once in awhile to reboot my energy and my sanity. Every mom needs a little time to invest in themselves in order to be a good wife/partner and mother.

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On a side note,I also find that in comparison to the walk in spas that you find in shopping centers, my gelish stays fresh at least a week longer after having it done at Rouge. They use quality products and really do a fantastic job.

I’ve had many treatments at Rouge, and every single one of them has been flawless! I’m comfortable, relaxed and leave feeling sane and ready to face the world again.

Rouge Day Spa is located in Kenilworth, Cape Town and you can find their price list and treatments on their website:

http://www.rougespa.co.za/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RougeDaySpa/

Instagram:

http://instagram.com/rougedayspa

PS. They also have loads of weekly specials and sell some amazing products at their salon!

That Postpartum Self-Image.

When you look at yourself in the mirror, with your pregnant belly or postpartum body staring back at you, how do you feel?

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Without even being entirely aware of it the majority of the time, and rather finding myself in a little bit of an emotional place in my life at times and then thinking back to life since falling pregnant up until now and sort of waking up to the fact that I’ve been feeling this particular way for much longer than I thought, rather than just going through stages of feeling like this.

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It is so challenging learning to love your body with all of the changes that have come with it since falling pregnant. It truly is something that I have struggled with more than I have even been aware of. I love my body for what it has allowed me to achieve. I love my body for blessing me with the opportunity to carry a baby, to birth a baby and to be mostly healthy. But, I also struggle on a daily basis with 100% loving what it now looks like.

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I sometimes find myself in a bit of a negative place. I get frustrated with myself for complaining to myself or to David about weight that I have gained, and then not doing anything about it. I get irritated with myself for getting my mind so set on eating better, and then failing. I get so cross with myself when I spend so much time trying to feed Olly healthy food, and then I give into a quick microwave meal because I’m just so exhausted at the end of a day.

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I find myself feeling overwhelmed, but know that I can so easily avoid that by just planning and preparing weekly meals for my entire family on a day that isn’t quite so overwhelming.

I know I’m totally normal. I know that every mom feels this way at some point or another, and I know that my body has been through uncountable changes, some that I will never truly understand since falling pregnant.

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And then… then I did this photo-shoot with Radiefa Peters from Radz Photography. I threw myself in the deep end by choosing two dresses that I wouldn’t usually choose purely because of how I feel about my body. I took the leap, I did it. And when I got my photos back, it was almost like something triggered in my brain for the very first time since I can remember. I felt beautiful. I looked at the photographs, and for the first time in a very long time, I liked what I saw. Not the story behind the photo, or how Olly looked – but I actually smiled when I zoomed in and looked and re-looked at myself in the photos.

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Not many people are capable of making somebody feel that way about themselves. And I also have to hand some of the credit over to Daff Kansley, the talented makeup artist who partly gave me the confidence to actually leave the house in the first place. And to Jody from Flock Fashion & Accessories for the beautiful wardrobe that you provided me with.

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Getting these images back, and seeing how happy I looked in the photos has just given me the desire I needed to get myself back in shape – to stick to my exercise routine, and to stick to preparing healthy meals for my family. Why? Because a healthy self-image creates a healthy, happy individual. And me being happy means that everybody who crosses my path will leave feeling happier too.

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You can follow the talented team behind these photos on Instagram here:

Radiefa Peters: @radzphotography_cpt
Daff Kansley: @thedrkansley_mua
Jody: @flock_it
One Modern Mom Blog: @onemodernmom

The Reality Of Sugar.

Did you know that over feeding your kids sugar from a young age can create an incredibly unhealthy sugar addiction for them as adults? Also, did you know that rewarding your kids with food isn’t always a healthy idea either. I find that people often laugh at me or shrug off the intensity of sugar. I often find myself cringing when I see the food that kids eat on a daily basis. I’m not judging, but rather wish that I could educate them on how desperately kids need a healthy diet for their tiny bodies and to help their brains work at their full capacity.

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Here’s my own personal story:
SUGAR & TODDLERS = MINIATURE MONSTERS

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Without exaggerating, it was literally three minutes ago that I gave my son two teenie tiny SweeTarts. (My absolute favourite candy that my dear friend brought me back from the States.) I couldn’t resist sharing with Olly, because, of course, they remind me of my own childhood visiting the States to see my family.

My mistake! He had been happily playing outside in the mud, when he came inside to ask me to roll up his sleeves. I then handed him two of these little sweets. One for each hand. Within a matter of minutes – three to be exact, he turned from a sweet little boy who was happily entertaining himself, to literally screaming, spitting, and just being ugly. Define ugly: shouting, not listening to me, making horrible sounds, and just being all round RUDE.

It is mindblowing what sugar can do! And I think that we underestimate the power of it. I’ve done an article on healthy eating before, and I have always been quite strict on what Olly eats. From a young age, he had a gluten intolerance, which meant that we had to be careful about what he ate. But, as he’s gotten slightly older, it isn’t nearly as severe as what it used to be, thankfully! However, at the same time – it seems that we have sort of loosened the ropes on steering away from sugar.

Olly will generally choose water over juice. He will never get any juice apart from 100% fruit juice that we dilute mostly in water. For school lunches and at home, he will generally get fresh fruit and nuts with his rice cake or sandwich or sometimes dried fruit. He also, surprisingly LOVES having baby tomatoes in his lunch box. Strange kid.

BUT, he’s a kid, and somehow he manages to persuade us to give him the BAD treats. That’s the kind of treats that are okay at a birthday party on the odd occassion. But, NOT to have on a daily basis. I never reward with food – for instance, he will never get sweets or a biscuit or snacks if he goes potty on his own, or does something good. I’ve learnt that it’s a no no, thanks to Munchkins parenting coach, Celeste Rushby who I used to au pair for and learnt so much from over time.

The problem is that when he catches David or myself munching on a biscuit, or a peice of chocolate or somebody happens to open a packet of chips, he comes running from the other end of the house (where he couldn’t hear me calling him from) to see ‘what we have for him’. I know that the immediate and obvious solution would be to just not eat that kind of thing when he is up and about and to rather save it for when he is asleep, and look – it isn’t a daily thing. I’m making it sound as if we constantly have junk food in hand, which isn’t the case at all. We never prioritize pudding for him after dinner. Every now and then he will have a yoghurt with a banana, or stewed apple which is home made with a drizzle of custard.

But – WHEN HE DOES have sugar – it’s as if I have a totally different child in front of me. And it scares the living daylights out of me. I do not like the child he becomes. The high is short and the low is long and dreadful. Totally not worth it! It’s the worst thing you can give your child – honestly.

I want to suggest that you (and I) replace the junk treats for healthier alternatives. Dried fruits, rice cakes coated in carob, dark chocolate, biltong or droerwors – you catch my drift. I struggle to wrap my mind around why I feel the need to give Olly sugar when he’s totally content, happy and polite (you almost feel as if you want to give them something nice as a treat to secretly reward their behavior) just to turn them into the opposite of what they are.

Olly LOVES his healthy snacks. He honestly does, and always has! And so, my July resolution – OUT WITH THE JUNK, IN WITH THE HEALTHY.

Natural sugar in small doses is totally OK! And every now and then, a sugary treat isn’t a bad thing. But, if you want to see a change in your kids behaviour and attitudes, choose snacks that have no added sugar, no colourants, MSG or flavourants, etc. You catch my drift. Don’t make sugar an expected thing in your home. And for those of you with young babies that aren’t yet there – start your babes off not even knowing what it is – because they don’t need it! They get all of the sugar they need through fruit!

Sorry about my long rambles, I was just actually so shocked this morning watching how such a small amount of sugar made my sweet child turn into a monster in such a short amount of time.

So, I just wanted to raise the awareness about how SUGAR is really a drug when consumed too frequently. And there are so many alternatives that you can rather choose from. Maybe I should do a post on some alternatives that you can choose from that don’t cost an arm and a leg?

Thanks for reading, and I would love to hear your perspectives and ideas on this.

— One Modern Mom

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